Alexis Wright

Plains of Promise: First Nations Classics (with an introduction by Mykaela Saunders)

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Now included in UQP's First Nations Classics series with an introduction from Mykaela Saunders, Plains of Promise is a masterful novel from the only writer to have won both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize.

In this brilliant novel, Alexis Wright evokes city and outback, deepening our understanding of human ambition and failure, and making the timeless heart and soul of this country pulsate on the page.

In the 1950s Gulf Country of Queensland’s far North, black and white cultures collide in a thousand ways as Aboriginal spirituality clashes with the complex brutality of colonisation at St Dominic’s Mission. When Ivy Koopundi and her mother arrive at the Mission, they are immediately separated and Ivy’s life changes irrevocably. Years later, Mary, a young woman who is working for a city-based Aboriginal Coalition, visits the old Mission and learns of her mother’s and grandmother’s suffering there. Mary’s return reignites community anxieties, leading the Council of Elders to again turn to their spirit world.

This stunning novel, from the only writer to win both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize, showcases Alexis Wright’s distinctive and far-reaching talents.

Author: Alexis Wright

Paperback Published 4 June 2024 416 pages

Neither subtle nor polite, amid its intricate plot and beautifully crafted words … Plains of Promise posits an overtly political, distinctly First Nations, and determinedly fictional and literary account of Indigenous peoples’ experiences in Australia.’  Jeanine Leane

Wright goes on to present an alternative vision of Australian place. Her prose swings like a weathervane in the local breezes. Her sentences fret themselves to the contours of landscape, while her vision of Country teems with flora and fauna, both feral and endemic. Hers is a big-sky aesthetic - and the resulting fiction is shaped by an ecological imagination without comparison. The Weekend Australian


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